Starting in the late 1980s, Nathan began performing around Athens and nearby Atlanta, both as a solo performer as well as with various incarnations of the Nathan Sheppard Band. He developed a reputation as a "musician's musician," and his songwriting gained maturity and depth, focusing on literate, thought-provoking lyrics combined with memorable melodies. During the 1990s, he recorded a handful of self-released albums while honing his performing skills touring the Southeast, opening for performers from the Neville Brothers and Matthew Sweet to Jewel, Leon Russell, and Jefferson Starship. Hollywood took notice, and his song "Carolina" was featured on the soundtrack of the film Blue Ridge Falls, starring Amy Irving, Tom Arnold and Chris Isaak.
Now recording for Lost Cat Records, Nathan is poised to bring his talents as a songsmith to a wider audience. His current Lost Cat CD, Ordinary People, was releaseed in early 2002, and features some of Nathan's best singing and songwriting. Meanwhile, Nathan continues to play to appreciative audiences in and around his Athens, Georgia home, who already know what the larger world will hopefully soon discover: that among songwriters, Nathan Sheppard is an American classic.
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